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Iyengar Method

B.K.S. Iyengar

B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) is considered both pioneer and innovator in the history of
modern day, therapeutic Yoga. Author of the prominent book Light on Yoga (1966), and
famous for having spread postural Yoga across the Western world, introducing props in its
practice (bricks, belts, blankets, bolsters, etc.), B.K.S. Iyengar is considered by the Times to
be one of the most influential people of the XX Century and has been indicated as the father
of modern postural Yoga in the important work of religious historian E. De Michelis, a
monograph entitled A History of Modern Yoga, 2004.
Throughout his over 70-year practice he elaborated a unique didactic method- based on the
gradual nature of teaching (with preparatory positions and specific variations) and both
accurate and adaptable instructions to better reach every student- making the practice of
postural Yoga accessible to students of every age, constitution and physical ability.
His practice has been defined an Art, for its grace; and for its precision and depth it has been
called Science. The Iyengar language today is brought forward with passion and competence
by his children, at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune (India), and in
Iyengar Yoga Institutes and via certified Instructors worldwide.

Iyengar® Yoga

Is practiced in over 85 countries around the world thanks to the health benefits it provides
demonstrated by scientific studies. The method holds specific characteristics. Due to an
innovative and precise teaching style, students are followed depending on their individual
needs, guaranteeing a gradual and safe approach to learning, also with the help of designated

Alignment, symmetry, precision of execution, sequence and duration of positions are the
particular characteristics of this method which acts on the physical, emotional and mental

planes. The complete and deep practice of IYENGAR Yoga sees the body as a proper
instrument of concentration and meditation. The method is suitable for every age (children,
teens, adults and over 60) and every physical ability.

Benefits of Iyengar® Yoga

Prestigious international scientific press confirms the beneficial effects of IYENGAR Yoga.
The Iyengar Institute of Milan has drawn up a review of available scientific literature on this
The body moves towards its natural harmony, restoring the physiological extension of
articulations while balancing muscular tension. Furthermore, all bodily functions and systems
(musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive, etc.)
are toned and rebalanced.

Benefits are enhanced using props (belts, bricks, ropes, wooden supports, etc.), invented and
introduced to the practice of modern yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar himself, also for therapeutic

The method is particularly well suited also as an integration to sports practice, to prevent
injury and to improve performance.
In Italy it is recognized by the Italian Gymnastics Federation and by ‘CONI’. Practicing
Iyengar Yoga provides an excellent preparation for all sports.